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Square Dances Without Calls

Square dances without calls is instrumental music that was made for square dancing. During the square dance boom of the 1950s many musicians were mobilized to form bands and record who would not have been recorded otherwise. Most of these were made when records were still in the 78 rpm format. This collection of recordings can be used for square, round, and contra dancing. Many of them came with call sheets, or cue sheets containing the intended dance instructions. In some cases a vocally prompted version was also made. If you are a musician, you can listen and learn from these files. If you are a dance facilitator, you can practice with them. If you are a dancer, you can dance to them. The easy access of this format allows you to quickly sample to find something you like.

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Square dances without calls 8
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folk fiddle 6
old-time music 6
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Phoenix Arizona 4
traditional folk 4
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1947 1
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Arkansas Traveler 1
Black Mountain Rag 1
California Clippers 1
Carl Journell 1
Cielito Lindo 1
Clay Ramsey 1
Cowboy Dances 1
Dick Leger 1
Earl Caruthers 1
Fiddle tunes 1
Floyd Woodhull 1
Forrest Delk 1
Four Squares 1
Frank Messina 1
Frankie Yankovic 1
George Gulyassy 1
Grady Hester 1
Harley Luse 1
Jack Hawes 1
Jay Martin 1
Jerry Jacka 1
Joe Lewis 1
Johnny Balmer 1
Johnny Pecon 1
Lloyd Shaw 1
Lonesome Me 1
Los Angeles 1
Lucky Me 1
Made for square dancing 1
Marianne 1
Massey Family 1
New York City 1
New York state 1
Northwest Wranglers 1
Old Timer 1
Old time fiddle 1
Pancho Baird 1
Ragtime Annie 1
Red Foley 1
Rhythm Outlaws 1
Round dance 1
Round dance music without cues 1
Roy Horton 1
Rusty's Riders 1
Sally Johnson 1
Schroeder's Playboys 1
Seattle Washington 1
Spanish Circle 1
Sunny Hills Barn 1
Texas 1
Texas fiddle 1
Viola Ruth 1
Woodshed Four 1
banjo 1
banjo music 1
fiddle 1
fiddle hoedown 1
fiddle music 1
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intrumental hoedowns 1
old-time dancing 1
pioneer western 1
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Square Dances Without Calls
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Jerry Jacka Trio playing accordion led square dance music. These are made to accompany singing calls, 78 rpm records on the Old Timer label out of Phoenix, Arizona in the 1950s.
Topics: square dance, singing call, Jerry Jacka, Old Timer, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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Schroeder's Playboys based in Phoenix, Arizona. Led by John Schroeder on guitar, with Walter Noble on fiddle, Tony Cordasco on bass, and occasionally Jerry Jacka on piano accordion. Learn about them at: http://www.lloydshaw.org/Catalogue/CDs&Cassettes/Dashrecordings.htm These recordings are from the Western Jubilee and Dash record labels.
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Topics: Made for square dancing, 78 rpm, Schroeder's Playboys, Phoenix Arizona
Square Dances Without Calls
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The Mid-Westerners play a traditional fiddle tune called Jackson's Breakdown. This was recorded by RCA Victor on a 78 rpm record for use at square dances.
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Topics: fiddle tune, square dance, 78 rpm
Farmer Stultz and The Mountainers play Lucky Me (Oh, Lonesome Me, 1958). Recorded on Benz Records as a square dance instrumental to be used with the singing call, Lucky Me.
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Topics: square dance, singing call, Lonesome Me, Lucky Me, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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Frank Messina and the Mavericks playing music for square dance. 78 rpm records on the MacGregor label, Hollywood, California.
Topics: square dance, Frank Messina, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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The Four Squares play Sugartime Square based on the 1958 popular song, Sugartime. This Old Timer Record is for use with the singing call of the same name.
Topics: square dance, singing call, Four Squares, 78 rpm
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Frankie Yankovic and his Yanks are here to waltz ya. Vocal chorus by Frankie Yankovic and Johnny Pecon and ensemble. "Bye Bye, My Baby" and "St. Bernard Waltz". 78 rpm Columbia Record (CBS).
Topics: Frankie Yankovic, Johnny Pecon, waltz, 78 rpm
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Folkraft Americana Orchestra playing instrumental version of Marianne. Recorded on Folkraft Records for use with the singing call square dance of the same name created by Dick Leger.
Topics: square dance, singing call, Dick Leger, Marianne, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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White Cockade / Miss McLeod's Reel / Galway Piper (medley) played by The American Square Dance Orchestra in 1945. Keynote Records K-555-A on Album K-130-5.
Topics: made for square dance, instrumental, folk fiddle, New York City
Two traditional tunes from Carl Journell's Square Dance Band. Made for square dancing around 1948. Texas Style. Cotton Eyed Joe Little Brown Jug
Topics: square dances without calls, Carl Journell, Texas, traditional fiddle music, accordion
Roy Horton & His String Band featuring Slim Coxx. Square Dances. 1959. Fiddle tunes without calls. Bile Dem Cabbage Down, Black Mountain Rag, Cacklin' Hen/Chicken Reel (medley), Flop Eared Mule, Gal I Left Behind/Buffalo Gals (medley), Ida Red, Kingdom Comin', Listen to the Mockin' Bird, Ragtime Annie/Ol' Joe Clark (medley), Rubber Dolly, Skip To My Lou, Whistlin' Rufus.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tunes, Roy Horton, without calls, instrumental, traditional music
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The Sundowners Band recorded on Windsor Records in the 1950s. They were professional studio musicians who played many instruments. Made for square and round dancing. 78rpm.
Topics: Square dance, round dance, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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Orange Blossom Special. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Cal Golden's Arkansas Mountain Boys recorded instrumental music for square dancing. Featuring Harry Raby on piano. 78 rpm records on the Old Timer label out of Phoenix, Arizona.
Topics: square dance, singing call, 78rpm
Bill Mooney and his Cactus Twisters play A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight on Imperial Records 1096.
Topics: made for square dance, instrumental, folk fiddle, American tune, 78 rpm, old-time dancing
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Pretty Lady played by Earl and His Hoedowners. Blue Star record label around 1960.
Topics: fiddle tune, square dance music, Earl Caruthers
Square Dances Without Calls
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The Chuck Wagon Team was recorded on Windsor Records in California around 1951. This is fine, rare, old fiddle music. Just for dancing. Here we have Limber Jim and Gotta Chop Some Wood.
Topics: Fiddle tunes, square dance instrumental, 78 rpm
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Five instrumental cuts from the 1947 Cowboy Dances album. Duel in the Sun Orchestra. These are medleys of two tunes each. A good reference for musicians to learn from. Practice accompaniment for callers to use. Traditional, clear, and crisp. Pig Town Hoedown / Lamplighter Nelly Bly / Four and Twenty White Cockade / Four White Horses Honest John / Chichester I Wonder / Romping Molly
Topics: square dances without calls, Lloyd Shaw, Cowboy Dances, 1947
Texas Schottische. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Grady Hester and his Texsons play music for square dances without calls. Rustic Schottische (for the American dance Oklahoma Mixer) Cotton-Eyed Joe (for the Texas circle mixer Cotton-Eyed Joe with a Do Si Do)
Topics: made for square dancing, Grady Hester, 78 rpm, Texas fiddle
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Jack Hawes on Banjo. Square dances without calls. The band is most likely The Woodshed Four. Los Angeles, California. Chinese Breakdown Texas Crapshooter
Topics: Square dances without calls, Jack Hawes, banjo music, 78 rpm
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Red Foley singing with instrumental accompaniment. Milk Bucket Boogie Salty Dog Rag
Topics: square dances without calls, Red Foley, 78 rpm
Tex Williams and his Western Caravan play two traditional fiddle tunes. Square dances without calls. Made for square dancing. A & E Rag Rakes of Mallow
Topics: square dances without calls, fiddle music, traditional music, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
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The Massey Family. WC (William Calley) Massey leads the family here on fiddle. They were settled in the Roswell, New Mexico area. You hear one of the famous Westerners named Allan Massey on guitar. The second fiddle is probably Curt (Dott) Massey. This is old-time music! 1 Arkansas Traveler 2 Honeysuckle Schottische 3 Tugboat (a Texas version of Sandy River Belle) 4 unidentified schottische (help) 5 White River Stomp 6 Brilliancy Medley (Rocky Mountain Goat & Leather Britches) 7 London...
Topics: Massey Family, old-time music, western fiddle, 78 rpm records
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Bill Mooney and his Cactus Twisters play Red River Valley on Imperial Records 1096.
Topics: made for square dance, 78 rpm record, folk fiddle, old-time music, traditional American dance
Square Dances Without Calls
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Charlie's Square D Boys play I Saw Your Face in the Moon, a pop song. This 78 rpm record was made for square dancing. It is to accompany a singing call by the same name.
Topics: Square dance, singing call, 78 rpm
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Ragtime Annie. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Ragtime Annie, without calls, Bill Wimberly
Jackson's Hornpipe, Tommy Jackson and his orchestra. Around 1960
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Ed Gilmore and The Bunkhouse Four play old-time fiddle music. Made for square dancing and calling. California in the 1950s.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: square dances without calls, old-time fiddle, traditional American music, 78 rpm
Black Mountain Rag. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Bill Wimberly, Black Mountain Rag,...
Square Dances Without Calls
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The Woodshed Four on Sets in Order Records. Traditional square dance fiddle music. Fiddle, banjo, piano, and bass. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia features Jack Hawes on Banjo.
Topics: square dances without calls, 78 rpm records, Woodshed Four, Los Angeles
Arkansas Traveler. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, instrumental music, traditional folk, Bill...
Square Dances Without Calls
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Chicken Reel. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, without calls, Bill Wimberly
Harley Luse and his Orchestra on Imperial Records. Round dance music. Veleta Waltz Cotton Eyed Joe (two-step)
Topics: Round dance music without cues, 78 rpm, Harley Luse
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Earl Caruthers and his Hoedowners from Texas. Square dances without calls. Made for square dancing by Blue Star records. See: http://www.buddyweaver.com/history.htm Briar Patch Crackerjack Earl's Hoedown Turnpike Special Up the Creek
Topics: made for square dance, without calls, old-time fiddle, traditional music, 78 rpm
Johnny Balmer and his Grand Canyon Boys, Phoenix, Arizona. Made for square dancing on the BelMar record label. 78 rpm. Leather Britches (fiddlin' by Slim Forbes) Ragtime Annie (fiddlin' by Slim Forbes) Hillbilly Fever Boil Dem Cabbage (fiddlin' by Ellis McBride) Take Me Back To Tulsa (fiddlin' by Ellis McBride)
Topics: square dances without calls, Johnny Balmer, Phoenix Arizona, traditional fiddle
Carson Robison recorded many times on records made for square dancing. He was a guitar player and singer originally from Kansas. He assembled other musicians wherever he went. These are two early recordings from 1941. Shake a leg! 'Possum in the 'Simmon Tree Little Brown Jug
Topics: square dances without calls, 78 rpm record, old-time music, traditional fiddle, Carson Robison
Ed Gilmore and His Boom-Chuck Boys. Square dances without calls. Caller's accompaniment. Little Bald-Faced Horse She Loves To Dance With You The Gal I Left Behind Me Wonderful Feeling
Topics: square dance music, 78 rpm, California
Boil Them Cabbage Down. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Bill Wimberly, without calls
Jay Martin at the Hammond Organ. Made for use at square and round dances. Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Waltz Ting-a-Ling (for the couple dance: Waltz of the Bells)
Topics: Square dances without calls, round dance, Jay Martin, 78 rpm, Phoenix Arizona
Irish Washerwoman. Carson Robison and his Pleasant Valley Boys. A square dance jig.
Topics: square dance without calls, Carson Robison, 78 rpm, traditional fiddle, old-time music
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Northwest Wranglers. Square dances without calls. Instrumental hoedowns. Produced by Jack Riley's Aqua Barn, Seattle, Washington State. Montreal Breakdown Raggedy Ann Up Jumped the Devil Upside Down Reel
Topics: Square dances without calls, intrumental hoedowns, old-time music, Northwest Wranglers, 78 rpm,...
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Rusty's Riders recorded on MacGregor Records in Hollywood, California. 78 rpm record made around 1950. Here are two hoedowns for square dancing. EDI Hoedown Broadway Hoedown
Topics: fiddle hoedown, made for square dancing, 78 rpm, Rusty's Riders
Soldier's Joy and Blackberry Quadrille. These were made for square dancing.
Topics: square dances without calls, 78 rpm record, Floyd Woodhull, fiddle, accordion, banjo, New York state
Roy Sexton and his Arizona Hoedowners. Square dances without calls. Phoenix Arizona. 78 rpm records. Boil Dem Cabbage Down Halfway Jumpin' Cactus Old Missouri Ragtime Annie Saturday Night Breakdown
Topics: Square dances without calls, Phoenix Arizona, 78 rpm, old-time music, folk fiddle
Put Your Little Foot. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Rhythm Outlaws. Square dances without calls supervised by Joe Lewis. 78 rpm record on J bar L label. Linda Sue (for a singing call) Outlaws Quickstep (for any patter call)
Topics: Square dances without calls, Rhythm Outlaws, Joe Lewis, 78 rpm
Clay Ramsey and his Old Timers of Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Ramsey is the geetar player, leader of this old-time band, and owner of the record company. Here they are playing music for square and round dancing. The pop tunes feature Harry Raby at the piano.
Topics: square dances without calls, 78 rpm records, Clay Ramsey, Phoenix
Fiddlin' Forrest Delk and his Gully Jumpers from Silver City, New Mexico. Made for square dancing. Genuine country! Under the Double Eagle, to be used for Grand March Mormon Schottische (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star), a couple dance.
Topics: Square dances without calls, folk fiddle, traditional music, Forrest Delk, New Mexico, 78 rpm
Square Dances Without Calls
by Fred Feild
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Viola Ruth bounded all around Arizona and landed in Phoenix. Here she is playing fiddle and singing with her daughter, Marie, on piano. These were taken from reel-to-reel tape and wire recordings found at the Arizona Historical Foundation. Much more information is available about her. Arizona's Pioneer Reunion March (medley) Blacksmiths Quadrille Bony Smith's Quadrille Peek-A-Boo Waltz Quadrille (sung with Marie) Now you waltz down the center and there you divide Lady to the right, gent the...
Topics: Viola Ruth, Phoenix, traditional American, folk fiddle, pioneer western
Pancho Baird's Gitfiddlers from New Mexico. Fiddle - Jim Newville, Piano - Marie Baird, Bass - Ernie Finch, Guitar - Pancho Baird. Square dances without calls. 78 rpm records made for singing calls. Dance Those Gals Around Lady of Spain Smoke on the Water
Topics: Square dances without calls, Pancho Baird, New Mexico, 78rpm
Eighth of January. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Stone's Rag. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Gray Eagle. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Leather Britches. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Jack Barbour and his Rhythm Rustlers. They played at the Sunny Hills Square Dance Barn in California. 78 rpm record. Made for dancing. Happy Polka (Joe Calcagno) Now is the Hour (for dance: The Hour Waltz)
Topics: Square dances without calls, 78 rpm, Jack Barbour, California, Sunny Hills Barn
Paddy on the Turnpike. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
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Devil's Dream. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, Bill Wimberly, instrumental music, traditional...
Tennessee Wagner. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, instrumental music, traditional folk, Bill...
Square Dances Without Calls
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My Rubber Dolly. Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, instrumental music, Tommy Jackson
Shirley and her Beeman Brothers play two square dances without calls. Arkansas Traveler Tulsa
Topics: Old time fiddle, square dance without calls, 78 rpm
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Liberty. Bill Wimberly & His Country Rhythm Boys. 1957.
Topics: made for square dance, fiddle tune, without calls, traditional folk, instrumental music, Bill...
"Spanish Circle" dance. A folk dance in waltz time. Music is Cielito Lindo played by Jack Barbour's California Clippers
Topics: Spanish Circle, Jack Barbour, California Clippers, Cielito Lindo, Round dance
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Sally Johnson, fiddle tune played by Tommy Jackson and his Orchestra. Around 1960.
Topics: made for square dance, Sally Johnson, fiddle tune, Tommy Jackson
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George Gulyassy plays instrumental music for American square and contra dance. Badly scratched 78 rpm record skips. Cincinatti Hornpipe Hull's Victory
Topics: square dances without calls, George Gulyassy